San Gabriel, Calif.-based seating specialist Aero Seating Technology is now offering an aircraft seat option that provides three inches of vertical travel. According to v-p of business development Pete Perera, a spring-assist and gas-shock mechanism allows the passenger to “easily raise or lower the seat, which locks at any point when released.”
The company is also offering a tilt-function option that will raise the front edge of the seat to “keep the passenger from sliding out of the seat when the back is reclined.” Both the vertical travel option and the tilt function are also available in retrofit kit form for any of Aero Seating’s single seats. The tilt function is also available on double seats. Also offered as an option is a multi-speed seat-massage feature that, unlike some designs, includes both the bottom and back rest, and allows the user to select a particular section of the seat, such as lower or upper back.
Now in development is a power-assist in which the mechanical controls are augmented by lifting cables and a solenoid. “It has the feel of a motor-powered seat but with significant weight savings,” said Perera. The final design came in at 160 pounds, including five pounds allowance for any unusual upholstery. The company hopes to bring a demonstration seat to the NBAA Convention next month.
Wood veneer trim and customized arm box shapes are other optional features of the Aero Seating products. “We’ve already done four or five different styles without a TSO requirement,” asserted Perera.
After some 18 months of design, development and certification, Aero Seating began making deliveries six months ago and has already provided ship sets to independent completion and refurbishment centers for the Global Express, Global 5000 and Global Express XRS. Perera said the company is currently working with two independent centers for seating for Airbus ACJs, Boeing Business Jets and a Boeing 767-400 refurbishment.
Aero Seating has nearly 30 employees, was hiring through the first three months of this year and added 10,000 sq ft of work space.